The '''National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases''' ('''NIAMS''') is one of the institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health
, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services
NIH is the primary federal agency that conducts and supports basic, clinical and Translational medicine|translational medical research
. The institute investigates the prevention, diagnosis, causes, treatments and cures (PDCTC) for both common and rare diseases.